Chinese Media Researchers Report Successful 4D-Printed Breast Reconstruction

Published by , June 9, 2017 2:11 pm

(3Ders.org)  Doctors at the Xijing Hospital of the Fourth Military Medical University in Xi’an, Shaanxi province in China announced they have used “4D printing” to reconstruct the breast of a cancer patient. The 3D printed breast implant will biodegrade over time while allowing human tissue to replace it. “Compared with three-dimensional printing, 4D printing adds time as another dimension,” clarified Ling Rui, a vascular surgery doctor at the hospital.
Unlike silicone implants, which are designed to completely replace the organic breast and are not biodegradable, this kind of implant will degrade over time. The patient’s own fibrous tissue is reportedly growing into the implant, and will eventually replace it altogether.

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